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  • Rub Rails- Vinyl vs Stainless Steel

    Restoring my 1988 231 CC. I am replacing the rub rail. I am debating between the original looking black rubber rub rail (vinyl)or the plastic and stainless steel ones. The yard that is doing a lot of the work on her is suggesting the plastic and stainless steel version while I like the original look of the black rubber work boat look. I live on the Chesapeake where a lot of summer evenings you spend rafting up to a friends boat. Please let me know your pros and cons of the two. Thanks.

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    Nothing looks better then a stainless rubrail IMO, it's just a classic, yachty look to the boat. If you are rafting up, then just use good fenders and you should be fine.
    1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
    1985 Mako 20c - sold
    Fort Walton Beach, FL
    http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=42841

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    • #3
      I am a fan of the old, thick, black rub rail. Sailor is right, the stainless looks great and definitely updates the look of the boat but the old style has always taken abuse better in my experience. Maybe I just need to stop crashing into things !!![]
      Boca Raton, FL[br]Current: 2002 253[br]Former: 1995 19[br]Former: 1979 19b

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      • #4
        I debated this question recently and I am going to go with the black Taco rubrail with white insert for my upcoming refurb.

        Stainless looks nice but is about twice the price and the added maintenance to keep shiney.
        1988 Mako 17 Angler 2019 Suzuki DF140[br]1972 Mako 17 Standard 115 Yamaha-Sold[br]

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        • #5
          White with SS insert
          David, New Kent, Va[br]



          [br]Project Thread: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=21067[br]

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          • #6
            Ive been shopping around for other rub rail options and found:

            https://www.integrity*rp.com/mako

            I emailed them and was told by Mark that Barbour plastics made rub rails for Mako.

            They have more color choices than Taco and from what Ive seen, are comparable in price.
            1988 Mako 17 Angler 2019 Suzuki DF140[br]1972 Mako 17 Standard 115 Yamaha-Sold[br]

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            • #7
              Thanks, Megalops.

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